Grad School


After 11 days of shooting spread out through last June – October, and nearly nine months of editing this school year, need I preface any further?

Modern Old-Time Fiddling: A Master’s Project Documentary

This project was produced in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the Master of Arts degree from the School of Visual Communication at Ohio University in 2012.

Committee:
Julie Elman, chair, Rebecca Sell and Terry Eiler

This project is for educational purposes only. Not for resale.

Copyright © 2012 Heather Haynes and Ohio University.

Featuring and special thanks to: The Amundsen Family/Jubal’s Kin, Ammon Bowen, Bob Borcherding, Buck Mountain Band, Shona Carr, Marcy Cochran, Samantha Cooper, Pete Easton, Fox n Hounds, Lynn Garren, Alys Horne, Alan Jabbour, Heather Lewin-Tiarks, The Marchi family, Harold Maurer, Rob O’Connor, Jenny Leigh Obert, Kevin Samuels, Liz Shaw, Roger Sprung, Fred Swedberg, Chris Via, Charlie Walden and Andrew Zinn

Update // This project has been accepted into the Blue Ridge Film and Music Festival, Virginia Film Festival, and 15 Minutes of Fame Festival this fall!

When I first began looking at graduate programs in 2008-ish, Ohio University was on my radar for it’s connection with BOP and Soul of Athens. Each year I loved the Soul of Athens production more. When 2010′s came out, after I had sent my acceptance, I knew that I made the right choice. Last year I abstained from Soul, choosing instead to focus my time on gaining the skills that would allow me to be a good producer this year.

I dutifully finished all my coursework, studied as much multimedia and interactivity as I could, and divvied up my time so that essentially all of it would be spent on Soul of Athens. After forming the original theme of “What’s at Stake?” as a brain trust, Priscilla and I chose to co-produce on the Liberties team. We lived, breathed, and dreamed Soul of Athens. After countless meetings and rampant frustration the website launched last Friday.

We give you Soul of Athens. (Liberties is here, but I suggest the full experience.) I only hope that the final product inspires you as much as it did me.

So I’ve not been very alive recently. Next week, week 9, marks the final deadline for Soul of Athens and my master’s project defense. Week 11 holds my Information Architecture/User Experience final and graduation. After that: the real world.

Since I can’t show you anything from Soul or my project before the final edit & release, here’s one of the first things I can legally show you from my GA position:

Imagine you’re a prospective student, maybe interested in audiology or linguistics, and you stumble into OU’s College of Health Sciences and Professions. You watch.

My first attempt at a podcast or narration since recording radio-style mix tapes in elementary school. I’ve entered a slightly shorter version in the Missouri Review Audio Competition so in December we’ll see how it does!

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